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On flying insects-6
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Alpha 850, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-07-20 1:06
Viewed: 375
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Trying out methods for photography of insects in flight:

The picture of sitting (not flying) Sympetrum danae shows that the wings are corrugated, divided by veins into small planes or valleys. To my big surprise this corrugation has a function. Scientistst demonstrated that in a windstream tiny whorls of air are forming in valleys between veins that help to form a smooth envelope. When dragonflies sail, the wings are extended and stacked in double-decker fashion. Successful sailing depends on smooth surfaces of the wings.

“As adults, survivorship of dragonflies may be dependent on flight performance during hawking (continuous prey seeking on the wing) or darting, on prey recognition, targeting, interception and capture, on predator evasion and, in some species, on fuel economy and navigation during migration flights” (cit. from R.J. Bomphrey et al. 2016. Flight of the dragonflies and damselflies. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. B 371: 20150389.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2018-07-20 10:06]

Hi Dietrich,another excellent in flight capture of a dragonfly,but this time i can see a great surprise in background too,with a new born one just coming out to a new life.Great composition made in the usual top quality! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Dietrich, great macro of lovely couple, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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